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  • Audio CD (May 17, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002IIR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pennants
2. Cactus Boogie
3. All's A Chord
4. Diary Of A Man Who Vanished
5. Look Over Your Shoulder
6. Meadow Rag
7. The Continental
8. Surface Tension
9. Double Rondo
10. Concerto In D (2nd Movement)

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Steve Howe Album by HOWE, STEVE

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These are just great songs.
The Wise Old Owl
I still admire how the instrumental variety weaves through a careful process.
B. E Jackson
Mr. Howe is really showcasing his fantastic abilities.
Steven Marks

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Howie on February 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard the opening cut "Pennants" on the college radio station when I was working in the dorm cafeteria washing greasy pots and pans. The drums first caught my ear, and made me wander over to the wall-mounted speaker. "That's Alan White," I thought.
Being a drummer myself, I was naturally tuned to Alan's distinctive style of playing. But, I quickly figured out who was doing the guitar playing. "That's Steve Howe." I didn't know this album was pending (in those pre-internet days, one rarely got a heads-up about new releases; they often just joyously appeared).
When I was done with my work shift I ran to the local record store and bought the album.
The first thing that struck me was the balance. This album is quite varied, and Mr. Howe shows himself as comfortable as a calico cat in many genres. It is also notable in that over half the album is instrumental (and Steve thankfully only sings a couple of the vocal songs).
Some of the songs sound a bit dated today, but "Pennants" is always fun, and it always brings me back to that moment, up to my elbows in greasy pots and pans, when I realized there was another bit of that old Yes Magic on the prowl.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This, Howe's second solo effort, is a dramatic improvement to that of his debut recording. It is also a more diverse effort. There are some compelling progressive numbers, some moving classically influenced pieces, some country, ragtime blues, yet it all works. Sensibly, Howe only sings on one number and manages not to spoil things(as he did on his debut). A female vocalist is present on one other cut otherwise the rest are instrumental numbers. Moraz, Bruford, and White are all guests on this brilliantly executed eclectic set. Highly recommended...Simon
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven Marks on December 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A spreadsheet accompanies this album: what guitar(s) out of 12 or so are played on a given track. Mr. Howe is really showcasing his fantastic abilities. A wide range of guitars is employed as well as a a very broad range of music from ragtime, to classical to Southern US Rock and Roll.
I like "Double Rhondo" the most. a solo electric Les Paul Fender is played like a solo instrument to a Mozart like Concerto that Howe composed and has a 59 piece symphony orchestra play. It is like someone went to the past to Wolfgang Mozart and showed him an electric guitar and Mozart showcased that instrument in a Concerto.
Good work on this album by Howe. he is truely an artist of the first order. His true place in life is with Yes, but this is his best solo work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ADP on August 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Except for the inside cover (which advertises Steve Howe's huge guitar collection), there is little immodesty associated with this CD, and consequently not much reason to get hostile at Steve for it. True, he does overreach himself when he tries to sing solo (only briefly, at the end of "All's a Chord") or write lyrics (on "Look Over Your Shoulder"), but he simply plays his guitars without a great deal of ostentatiousness on the rest of the tracks, and the results are more than listenable. Side one is the one that rocks more, especially "Pennants" (which sounds kind of like Yes-meets-the-Ventures) and the rest of "All's a Chord." "Cactus Boogie" is a pleasant little bluegrass tune that adds diversity. Side Two veers more to the classical side of things, with two of Steve's trademark Spanish acoustic-guitar numbers, much like the ones he contributed to Yes albums. "The Continental" is a folksy duet with violinist Graham Presket, and the last two tracks are an interesting experiment with an electric guitar and orchestra arrangement. The results are not wholly successful, but are still pleasant and worth a listen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas K. Dye on February 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As mentioned, Howe only sings during the coda of "All's a Chord", and he employs another singer for "Look Over Your Shoulder." Other than those fairly decent vocal numbers, this is a fine instrumental album, with the solid "Pennants", the chirpily humorous numbers "Cactus Boogie" and "The Continental", the more romantic "Surface Tension" and the syncopated "Diary of a Man Who Vanished". There's a variety of instrumentation here that shouldn't be overlooked by any Yes fan or guitar enthusiast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hightower on September 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Steve Howe's first solo album will be of great interest to fans of Yes' 70s work since it reveals how much a part of their musical fabric Howe's distinctive guitar work really was. The album has a warmth that sits well along things like "Topographic Oceans" even though these are shorter songs. Some are instrumentals and a few, like "Ram", continue the country flat-picking adventures started on "Clap" and which Howe has continued to explore ever since. More people than not are turned off by Steve's off-key, warbling singing, though again for Yes fans (who else is going to buy this?) it's interesting to hear part of the band's distinctive vocal harmony sound isolated. Howe worked on assembling *songs* for this album, mostly with a prog rock leaning and each featuring a full band lineup with himself on myriad guitars including electrics, acoustics, and pedal steel. The album also contains a few oddballs including the lengthy title track, a classical piece featuring a small chamber orchestra and one time Yes keyboard player Patrick Moraz. Yes fans will find something familiar and pleasant in almost every track, though the album unfortunately has its share of missteps. Howe would do better on the next one.
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